New Insight paper on wellbeing-friendly school design

Bangkok studio Associate Director Davide de Visdomini and Senior Architect Thanawat Srimuang have written an Insight paper discussing the key elements to be borne in mind when designing for the Education sector, including the central importance of student wellbeing, using their studio’s recent design for Chengdong Elementary School in Wuxi, China, to illustrate the key principles.

Chapman Taylor has designed schools, college buildings and other educational institutions in many countries across the world, including several in Asia by our Bangkok studio. Their work has included new state-of-the-art school and university buildings and the refurbishment of specific components (such as canteens, libraries, sports facilities, common areas and classrooms).

Chengdong Elementary School is one such project, being designed as a non-profit school on a 5.45-hectare site located in the heart of Wuxi’s Economic Development Zone. The design for the school puts nature at the heart of the new development, blending the architecture with the natural surroundings to encourage a sense of calm and comfort and aiding the children’s performance.

Davide and Thanawat make the case for flexible, wellbeing-friendly and user-centred design, arguing that the core of any design approach to an educational establishment must be consideration of the needs of the student (and staff), both now and in the future.

If you would like to read their thoughts on the core principles behind effective school design, you can find their Insight paper here.

Davide De Visdomini

Associate Director, Bangkok

Davide has over 14 years of experience working in architecture and interior design in Italy, Finland, China and Thailand. He has led many key projects in Europe and Asia, including large-scale residential, hospitality, mixed-use and luxury resorts for international clients. His strength lies in a deep understanding of local cultures and user experiences, using these to integrate the needs of clients with each local context.

Davide oversees the design of our projects in South East Asia, including both architectural and interior design, and he manages delivery for our clients alongside our different specialist teams.

Areas of expertise:

Hospitality / Residential / Mixed-Use / Office

Thanawat Srimuang

Senior Architect, Bangkok

Thanawat has over a decade of experience in international projects, working primarily in Asia and Australia. He has developed strong leadership skills and project management techniques to organise teams and handle complex projects. He has a keen eye for detail and a natural flair for creativity combined with analytical and problem-solving skills, making him a highly valued team member and project leader.

Having worked on a broad range of projects, including masterplanning, residential high-rise, hospitality, resorts, commercial, retail, education, and healthcare, Thanawat’s experience includes the planning, concept design, design development, construction detailing and supervision phases. He possesses advanced skills in 3D visualising and hand sketching.

Thanawat believes good architecture embodies the character of its place and enriches the community it serves.

Areas of Expertise:

Masterplanning / Office / Commercial / Hospitality / Resorts / Residential / Healthcare / Education / Leisure / Mixed-Use

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